Whole ‘meal’ of information sites!

Wow the three and a half days of ‘feasting’ at the Brisbane Study Visit were jam-packed and amazing!  As the plethora of information increases, our ability to support people in their ‘search’ is becoming even more important.  We need more – not less – capable information specialists!

Some 'hands-on' required!

Some ‘hands-on’ required!

The CSU Brisbane Study Visit has made me realise the great variety of potential career paths that are possible in the ‘information’ area – involving all manner of things past, present and future.  Recorded information, current creations and potential future digital/virtual directions – the ‘information’ environment encompasses them all!

Keeping up-to-date and building my own ability (particularily with technology) and keeping an ‘open mind’ about jobs is what I’ve taken from the Brisbane study visit.  I need to be prepared to take each professional opportunity and build on it to increase my capacity to serve in an ‘Information Specialist’ role.

Communicating – creating that link between information and people – is so important in any library/information portal.  To have a more far-reaching effect, we need to continue to learn new ways to communicate ‘on-line’ with innovation – but we should never underestimate the value of oral communication.

Preservation of artifacts.

Preservation of artifacts.

The power and necessity of being able to ‘present’ effectively to an audience (and flexibility when time is cut back) – is another essential attribute I believe is needed by library personnel.  Whether assisting one person at the desk (standing side-by-side now); conducting generic group search instruction or presenting to a large group of professionals – good speaking/listening skills are essential.

All the more effective if that oral communication is supported by a ‘professional-looking’ presentation using technologies with a visual emphasis (images, slides, screencasts etc).  We need to continually improve our service of the access requirements of our clients – through as many modes as possible – primarily including visual, auditory and oral means.  If we want to support ‘life-long’ learners – we need to be one as well!

Powering digital connections.

Powering digital connections.

Images: Personal collection Carey Leahy – State Library Qld.

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